The Royal Ontario Museum- ROM has a new wing – and its sits like a Transformers attachment to the staid but solid brick and splitrock structure that is the classic main building of the ROM. I am convinced the ROM staff are still not taking advantage of the spaces created by the new structure. It sort of like a new programming language – doing things in the old way largely; only using some of the more obvious new features.
But on the outside, on the ample Bloor street esplanade, the building attracts a steady stream of admirers including this photographer on a windy, chill Victoria Day. Here is what is to be seen and, yes, admired.
I have been reading Patrick O’Brian Truelove and other tales of 1800’s Captain Jack Awbrey sailing a privateer frigate Surprise in the South Pacific. O’Brian describes many scenes of the Surprise sailing tight luffed and close-hauled to the wind on a fast tack – and these ROM juttings and curves are the sails I see in my minds eye
And just a view away are the climbing crags and peaks of theRockies in BanffNational Park where single climbers, with no rope or stays, cling almost upside down to sheer outcroppings bulwarked against their path to a local peak.
And yet the entrance is civil, almost crystalline in its split rock lead into the Museums interior caves.
And here is the old smashed into and reflect the old southside building with its classical brick and portals.
All of these pictures were taken with my new Casio EX-F1 using the 6MPixel still mode. I used AWB-Auto White Balance, Auto Focus, Auto Exposure control. The only thing I did with the photos outside the camera was to downsize them in Adobe Lightroom from 2820 pixels width to 850 pixels, keeping the same aspect ratio. No color or exposure corrections, no sharpening, no nothing. This is the closest I can supply of the camera raw imaging power of the new Casio Camera.